Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dyeing Fun, Part 1

I LOVE to dye fabrics. I took my first workshop nearly seven years ago; and several friends (some who'd taken the workshop, others who wished they had) got together, and we've been dyeing together and separately ever since. I wish I sewed fast enough to keep up with my output, but I give away a lot of what I dye.

Here are some initial pix of my supplies:
The white plastic bag has soda ash and urea in it. (I am of two minds regarding urea. My fave, Melody Johnson, says she doesn't use it; and sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't.) I want to play with salt this weekend because it produces interesting effects on newly dyed fabric, so I have two kinds of salts. The plastic trays are dental trays that were being discarded at work. They are good portable workspaces.

These are the totally glamorous buckets in which I store my bowls, jars, gloves, measuring utensils, etc. We no longer buy our kitty litter in buckets, but I'm glad I've got these.

Here is a shot of the fabric I dyed on Sunday while soaking:
Then washed out (that's cotton chenille yarn):

Then, this morning,  I splashed some red dye on the fabric:

 This is going somewhere, I promise.

Finally, as I was typing this, I had a buddy, the baby brat cat.
Could YOU resist that face?


yarnpiggy said...

I think I'd have a hard time resisting that face, too. I'll look forward to seeing the final results. :-)

Sara said...

What a cutie! I love the dyes! Great colors.

Worsted Knitt said...

I certainly couldn't resist that lovely face - nor your beautiful yarns!